For many avid readers, Amazon’s lineup of Kindles are essential pieces of hardware, allowing them to carry thousands of books while on the move.
If you’re expecting to snap up a bargain Kindle this Black Friday, then you might be disappointed – it appears Amazon has only reduced one model, and that’s last year’s Kindle Paperwhite. However, they’re still the best ebook readers out there, so don’t let a lack of savings discourage you from picking one up. For real bookworms, there’s also a discount on Kindle Unlimited.
Amazon has a range of Kindles aimed at different types of readers. We guide you through the right models to buy, and the prices you can expect to pay.
The Kindle Paperwhite gives readers a helping hand in the dark, with an integrated backlight that the standard Kindle is lacking. This means that you can happily read into the small hours in bed without disturbing your partner. It’s also a nice feature in low light, for those moments when the sun has called it a day but you haven’t.
The most recent model is also waterproof, making it a great option for when you want to soak up the rays by the pool, or just absorb a good book in the bath.
While Amazon doesn’t appear to be reducing the price of the 2018 model for Black Friday (perhaps not too surprising, given that it only came out last month), it is offering you a $40 discount on last year’s Paperwhite. There’s not much difference between the two – the older one simply isn’t waterproof. If this isn’t a concern for you, it’s a great option.
Touchscreen page turning rather than button may not suit everyone
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Amazon’s entry-level Kindle may not have the bells and whistles of the Paperwhite or the Oasis, but it’s still an excellent ebook reader, and the price is very attractive given its ability to store thousands of books.
No, the screen isn’t backlit, and it’s not waterproof, but that’s not to say it isn’t without some cool little features. If you would rather have the book read to you, then the Kindle’s Bluetooth ability lets you do exactly that.
This is a good Kindle for those who haven’t picked up an eBook reader before and are looking to jump in.
The Kindle Oasis is the top-end Amazon ebook reader. It has a larger screen than the Kindle and Paperwhite, boasting a 7-inch display compared to their 6-inch. It also has 12 LED lights, making for a brighter screen.
Until last month, it was also the only waterproof Kindle, but the revamped 2018 Paperwhite has slightly encroached on its space here.
The Oasis is the last Kindle to still have physical buttons, so if turning the page using a touchscreen isn’t for you, you may prefer the more traditional buttons of the Oasis.
Otherwise though, there’s little to recommend the Oasis over the considerably cheaper Paperwhite.
Amazon Unlimited is a subscription service that gives you access to over a million ebooks for one monthly cost. Its essentially like a literary version of Netflix.
For new customers, Amazon offers the service free for a month, to give you an idea of what’s available.
The library is huge, and varied too. It’s a good way to catch up with old favorites, such as the complete Harry Potter series, or discover brand new trending authors. A subscription also grants you access to current issues of popular magazines, such as Good Housekeeping.
All told, it’s worth $10 a month. Throw in a month for free, and it’s an outright steal.
Over 1 million books
First month free
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How to Save 25% on Any Amazon Kindle
If you’re looking to purchase a new Kindle, and have an old, unwanted one lying around, then you’re in luck. Amazon currently has an offer where they will give you 25% off a new Kindle when you trade in your old model.
Not only that, but they’ll also give you Amazon credit too. Say for example you have a 2016 Kindle Paperwhite and you want the latest model. Amazon will give you $25 for the Kindle, as well as 25% off the newer version, meaning that you could make a huge saving.
You’ll need to be quick – the offer ends on the 30th of December – but it’s probably the cheapest way to treat yourself to a brand new Kindle this year.